Harry Kane will reportedly ‘consider’ his future at Tottenham should the club fail to secure qualification to the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s side currently sit seventh in the Premier League following an indifferent season, five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and facing a battle to secure a top-four finish and qualification to Europe’s elite competition.
Spurs have finished inside of the division’s top four in each of the past four seasons but have regressed during the current campaign, failing to build on last season’s Champions League final appearance and replacing manager Mauricio Pochettino with Mourinho in November of last year.
The Portuguese has enjoyed a mixed start to his career in north London and now must convince his key players that the club are headed in the right direction, the Telegraph reporting that Kane will consider a departure from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium should they finish outside of the top four this season.
Harry Kane to Man Utd.
— Goal (@goal) March 4, 2020
The England captain has proven to be a talismanic figure for the club but is yet to win a major trophy in his career, the 26-year-old now questioning whether he must move on in order to fulfil his ambitions.
Mourinho’s summer plans will be hugely impacted by the absence of Champions League football, with The Telegraph’s report suggesting the Spurs boss could be handed a transfer budget of just £50m to spend, plus whatever the club can recoup from player sales as he bids to add quality to his ranks at the end of the season.
That figure is unlikely to be enough to close the gap to the continent’s leading clubs, and Kane could choose to depart in a deal that would likely be worth more than £150m, with Real Madrid and Manchester United known admirers.
The loss of Kane would be a catastrophic blow to Spurs’ hopes of winning silverware in the coming seasons, the two-time Golden Boot winner having scored 136 goals in just 201 appearances since coming through the club’s academy ranks.